Stay Connected with Staff Picks!

by Susan on 2020-04-10 12:00:00

If you're missing the library staff as much as we're missing you, try reading our April staff picks! Click on the titles to request your copy. Most of our staff picks are available digitally; check them out on OverDrive! 

Darci - The Institute by Stephen King (2019)  

 The Institute involves children, their fears and friendships and how they come together to solve an incredible condition they alone could never solve.  The kids have paranormal abilities of telepathy and telekinesis and are being kidnapped.  King does a wondrous job of bringing them to life on the page.  The plot is great and you will not want it to end.

[Ebook and e-audiobook available on OverDrive

Hannah - The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe (2019) 

It's like this book was written for me! It's a slice of YA life when high school junior Norris moves from Montreal to Austin, Texas, leaving behind his school, his friends, and his hockey team. Norris is good-hearted, but snarky, and starts a notebook cataloging the types of people he meets. Can he look beyond the stereotypes in his field guide and start to belong in Texas?  

This book seemed tailor-made for me, but it's a great read for teens and adults alike, especially fans of "When Dimple Met Rishi" and "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.”  And hockey. Let's not forget the hockey. ???? 

[Ebook and e-audiobook available on OverDrive

Sara - Stay Sexy and Don't Get Murdered by Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff (2019) 

If you love the true crime and the comedy podcast My Favorite Murder, you will likely enjoy this book. Part memoir and part self-help guide, the podcast hosts show off their trademark humor in this short book. While they could mention more about true crime stories, it is still a worthy experience. Plus, you will never think of politeness the same way again!  

[Ebook and e-audiobook available on OverDrive

Amy – The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson (2020) 

Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium on Winston Churchill's first day as prime minister. The Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally—and willing to fight to the end.  Larson's deep research and description of events engages the reader in a time past and hopefully never repeated. 

[Ebook and e-audiobook available on OverDrive]

Susan – The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (2019) 

This is the author’s first novel - a murder mystery, told from the point of view of a psychotherapist who switches jobs so he can try to help Alicia, the silent patient of the title. Alicia is accused of shooting her husband in the face 6 years ago, and hasn’t spoken since.  I highly recommend this for anybody who enjoys a good thriller or who may even just enjoy reading a good story with psychology as its backdrop.  Although I haven’t finished listening to it, reviews say it has a truly surprise ending that makes perfect sense.  

[Ebook and e-audiobook available on OverDrive]

[E-audiobook available on RB Digital]

Emily – City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong (2016) 

If you like detective fiction set in rural areas or enjoy books by Nevada Barr or James Lee Burke, you may enjoy Kelley Armstrong's City of the Lost--the first book in the Rockton series.  Det. Casey Duncan adopts a new town of criminals and innocents tucked away in an off-the-grid location in Canada.  An excellent thriller. 

[Ebook and e-audiobook available on OverDrive]

Bea – Paranoid by Lisa Jackson (2019)  

This is not just a great mystery novel; it is also a story about lives built on and broken by lies. Most importantly, it is a book about family and the length we will go to protect and keep the family we love.  It is filled with twists and turns until the final "what!!" 

[Ebook available on OverDrive]